Licorice Caramels !

Colleen Sowa


This is the best homemade licorice caramels we have ever had!!! The only problem... we can't stop eating them!

My father and my husband Ron both were ADDICTED to LICORICE! They are both gone now... and everytime someone says licorice... I think of them...

I made up this recipe about 10 years ago.... for my husband Ron Neinast.....So I dedicate this to him.

This week I made this again for the family.... and it is all gone... didn't last 3 days!

I hope you try it.. and love it like we do...

pinch tips: Parchment Paper Vs Wax Paper



about 40 caramels (depending on size)


10 Min


10 Min


Stove Top


5 Tbsp
1/2 c
corn syrup, light
2 c
1/2 tsp
salt (optional)
1 c
1 c
cream (i use whipping cream but have used condensed milk as well)
black food coloring paste (optional) to desired color
1 Tbsp
anise extract
1 Tbsp
licorice extract or candy flavoring

Directions Step-By-Step

Lightly butter 9x13 inch pan. Set aside until needed.
In a large pot, put in the water, syrup, sugar and salt.

Turn stove up to Medium - High heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Put lid on the pan and let boil for one minute.
Lower the heat to Medium, remove the lid. Stirring constantly, cook about 6 minutes or until it reaches 320 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Add the butter and cream. Stirring constantly. Cook about 4 more minutes or until the candy is about 242 degrees.
Add the black food coloring (optional) and the anise and licorice extracts/flavorings. Stir together well. Remove from heat. Let sit in pan a few minutes only.
Pour the candy into the buttered pan. Leave it sit to cool. When candy is cooled, Flip the pan over onto a cutting board. Using a heavy, sharp, large knife... cut the candy into desired size pieces of desired shapes. Then individually wrap each piece in plastic wrap or wax paper.
*** I sometimes cut the pieces into small squares or rectangles or triangles. Sometimes I cut them into any shape and size. Sometimes while the caramel is still warm, I roll it into logs or balls of desired size. How ever you do it... it is very good!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy